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The Getty Alchemy Collection

Materials from the Research Library, Getty Research Institute located in Los Angeles, CA.

The Getty Alchemy Collection includes books from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries dealing with the art and science of alchemy. Its core is formed by the Manly Palmer Hall collection, acquired in 1995 from the estate of the Los Angeles theosophist, who founded the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. Originally acquired for its contribution to the history of visual symbolism, alchemy is now also recognized as the key to the history of materiality in the arts.

In addition to their influential allegorical and fantastic imagery, Alchemical texts record recipes and techniques for applications across the visual arts, including pigments, dyes, metal-alloys, and effects in glass, as well as the acidic washes of etching and lithography. Alchemy, called “the great art” in Medieval Europe, also speaks to essential ideas about human creativity and the relationship between Art and Nature which have infused the history of art from antiquity to the present day.


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Binding: old vellum over pasteboard. Spine title tooled in gold: Theophrast. Paracels. / Opera / tom. I (... II). Back strip of v. 1 detached
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism, Magic
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Sep 14, 2016 Libavius, Andreas, -1616; Libavius, Andreas, -1616. Appendix necessaria Syntagmatis arcanorum chymicorum; Libavius, Andreas, -1616. Analysis confessionis Fraternitatis de rosea cruce
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Library's copy bound after: Appendix necessaria Syntagmatis arcanorum chymicorum / Andreae Libavii. Francofvrti : Excudebat Nicolaus Hoffmannus : Impensis Petri Kopffij, 1615 (SPECIAL FOLIO 1378-551)
Topics: Hartmann, Johann, 1568-1631, Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Croll, Oswald, approximately 1560-1609,...
Binding: later marbled paper, backed in goatskin. "Matthias on vermillion" on spine label in gilt. Edges red
Topics: Cinnabar, Cinnabar
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Sep 7, 2016 Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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Library's copy bound after and shelved with: Mythologiae christianae / J.V. Andreä. Strasbourg : Haeredes Laz. Zetzneri, 1619 (SPECIAL 1386-587)
Topic: Rosicrucians
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Gift of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Topic: Alchemy
Gift of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Topic: Alchemy
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Sep 1, 2016 Porta, Giambattista della, approximately 1535-1615, author; Lauro, Giacomo, active 17th century, engraver; Stamparia Camerale, printer
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nding: marlbled boards; red morocco label with gilt title on spine; label of B.E.J. Pagel on front pastedown and his initials on title page
Topics: Alchemy, Distillation, Essences and essential oils, Chemistry, Distillation apparatus, Alchemy,...
Binding: vellum; armorial bookplate of the princes of Liechtenstein (Ex Libris Liechtensteinianis) on front pastedown
Topic: Alchemy
Library's copy lacks final blank leaf present in other copies
Topics: Alchemy, Canons, fugues, etc. (Voices), Part songs, Latin, Emblems, Alchemy, Canons, fugues, etc....
Bound in polished calf; gold tooled borders and gold stamped fleurons at at 3 corners on the front board, and 4 corners on the rear; "F.D.v.S" in stamped in gold on front board, and "1723" in gold on rear board; gilt spine; all edges gilt; gilt embossed endleaves
Topics: Mysticism, Theosophy
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Sep 1, 2016 Becher, Johann Joachim, 1635-1682; Stahl, Georg Ernst, 1660-1734. Specimen Beccherianum
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Library's copy 1 imperfect: frontispiece and leaf with t.p. wanting
Topics: Phlogiston, Alchemy
Binding: old vellum over pasteboard. Spine title tooled in gold: Theophrast. Paracels. / Opera / tom. I (... II). Back strip of v. 1 detached
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism, Magic
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Aug 2, 2016 Rouillé, Guillaume, 1518?-1589, printer
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NLM 16th cent
Topic: Pharmacy
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Jul 21, 2016 Contains (work): Aubigné, Nathan d', 1600 or 1601-1669. Carmen aureum
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Gift of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Topic: Alchemy
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Jul 21, 2016 Contains (work): Sędziwój, Michał, approximately 1556-approximately 1646. Tractatus de sulphure
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Bound with: Ioannis Aurelij Augurelli P. Ariminensis Chrysopoeia et Vellus aureum. [Geneva?] : [Publisher not identified], [1639?]
Topic: Science
Binding: vellum; edges stained red
Topic: Alchemy
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Jul 21, 2016 James Elliott and Co., publisher
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Library's copy signed (??Jones) and dated (Lahore, November 1907) on half title page
Topic: Medizin
Library's copy heavily annotated in the margins; three ink signatures on title page, two of them crossed out
Topic: Minerals
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Jul 21, 2016 Köhler, Sebald, publisher
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Bound in vellum; ink title on spine; edges stained green; initials "CSDDK" and date stamped on front board; ownership inscription on title page: Cs. Do. de Kirchbergi (?)
Topic: Alchemy
Binding: sprinkled calf; blind tooled fillets along edges of boards; gilt label on spine; edges stained red
Topic: Alchemy
Binding: old worn calfskin; extensive manuscript notes in margins, front pastedown and rear free endpaper; label with bibliographic information on front pastedown
Topic: Mercury
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Jul 21, 2016 Marchetti, Pietro Maria, active 1565-1615
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Binding: vellum. Inscribed in ink in two different hands on front pastedown. Large bookplate of Wigan Free Public Library on front free endpaper and their blind stamp on the title page and page 231
Topic: Alchemy
Two related issues appeared in the same year, both printed by Günther in Leipzig. The first has publisher statement: Auff Kosten des Autoris, bey Johann Bielcke, Buchführern in Jena. The imprint of the second is Amsterdam & Danzig, with the author and Bielcke as publishers
Topics: Glass manufacture, Precious stones, Artificial, Precious stones
Apart from those by Basil Valentine, the texts are German versions of Latin texts published in Musaeum hermeticum (1625); cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
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Dec 14, 2010 Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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Printer's device on titlepage
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Dec 14, 2010 Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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Printer's device on t.p.; headpieces, initials
Topics: Utopias, Utopias
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Dec 14, 2010 Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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Dedication signed: Ioh. Valentinus Andreae (p. [9], 1st sequence of pagination)
Topic: Christian life
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Dec 14, 2010 Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654; Buna, C., 17th cent
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422 letters on various topics from the period 1643-1649 between Andreä, and Rudolf August, Anton Ulrich, and Ferdinand Albrecht, Dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg, as well as some others
Topics: Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654, Rudolf August, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, 1627-1704,...
Medicina diastatica originally published in Latin (Jena, 1629)
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Errata, p. [6]
Topic: Occultism
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A reply to Henry More's The second lash of Alazonomastix (Wing M2677)
Topics: More, Henry, 1614-1687, Occultism, Alchemists
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Dec 14, 2010 Maier, Michael, 1568?-1622
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Signatures: A B-I K
Topic: Rosicrucians
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Dec 10, 2010 Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654; Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654. De christiani cosmoxeni genitura judicium
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Complementary to the author's Peregrini in patria errores
Topic: Jesus Christ
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Dec 10, 2010 Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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By J.V. Andrea; cf. Faber du Faur
Topic: Jesus Christ
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By J.V. Andreä; see Faber du Faur
Topics: Rosicrucians, Pansophy
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topic: Hellwig, Johann Otto von, 1654-1698
Text signed: C.H.C
Topics: Fama fraternitatis, Confessio fraternitatis, Rosicrucians
Irenaeus Agnostus is a pseudonym of Friedrich Grick. See Hogart, BM, BSB-AK
Topics: Mundus, S, Roscrucians
Signed at end of text, D3v: Irenaeus Agnostus C.W. ejusdem Fraternitatis per Germaniam indignus notarius (i.e. Friedrich Glick; see BSB-AK 1500-1840)
Topic: Rosicrucians
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Signatures: A (a)-(c) d B-E
Topic: Rosicrucians
Signatures: A B-L
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Topics: Magic, Occultism
First ed. 1617, another in 1619; cf. Hogart
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
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Library's copy inscribed in brown ink on t.p.: Walter Granger
Topics: Christian life, Mysticism
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Dec 10, 2010 Rosencreutz, Christian; Foxcroft, E
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Die chymische Hochzeit first appeared in 1616; see Hogart
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Topic: Rosicrucians
At head of title (in Greek): antikrisis
Topics: Valentia, Florentinus de, 1586-1654, Rosicrucians
Signatures: A-F(-F8)
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topic: Rosicrucians
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Dec 10, 2010 Naudé, Gabriel, 1600-1653
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Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Each pt. has special t.p
Topics: Mysticism, Theology, Christian life
Each pt. has special t.p
Topics: Mysticism, Theology, Christian life
Each pt. has special t.p
Topics: Mysticism, Theology, Christian life
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Dec 10, 2010 Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
Woodcut pictorial headpiece, p. 112
Topic: Rosicrucians
Frontispiece is engraved port. of author, signed in the plate: T. Cross Sculpsit. Also, woodcut diagrams, including author's horoscope at p. 98
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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Dec 6, 2010 Schleiss, Bernhard Joseph, 1731-1800
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Authorship attributed to B. Schleiss; see Hogart
Topic: Rosicrucians
British Library catalog gives place: Amsterdam (Nuremberg)
Topic: Rosicrucians
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Dec 6, 2010 Fludd, Robert, 1574-1637; Birkholz, Adam Michael, 1746-1818
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Translator's introd. signed: AdaM Birchwood. X. (i.e Adam Michael Birkholz)
Topic: Rosicrucians
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Dec 6, 2010 Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624
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"Nach dem Amsterdamer Exemplar"--Referring to the ed. of 1715?
Topics: Mysticism, Christian life
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Dec 6, 2010 Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Dec 6, 2010 Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Dec 6, 2010 Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Dec 6, 2010 Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Dec 6, 2010 Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Signatures: A B
Topic: Tartaric acid
Issued with: Glauber's Furni novi philosophici (SPECIAL 1385-899)
Topics: Gold, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
In 6 parts. Pts. 2-6 have special t.p.'s. Title, pts. 2-3: Furnorum philosophicorum pars altera[-tertia]. Title, pts. 4-5: Fornacum philosophicarum pars quarta[-quinta]. Title, pt. 6: Annotationes in appendicem quintae partis fornacum philosophicarum..
Topics: Distillation, Gold, Metallurgy, Antimony
Many errors in pagination
Topic: Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564
Library's copy bound after and shelved with: Fama fraternitatis. Danzig : A. Hünefeldt, 1615 (SPECIAL 1380-915)
Topic: Calvinism
Signatures: A-I, K
Topics: Lord's Supper, Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church, Lord's Supper, Calvinism
Errata, foot of p. 156
Topics: Lutheran Church, Calvinism, Zwinglianism, Reformed Church
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Fama fraternitatis, Confessio fraternitatis, Rosicrucians, Occultism
Library's copy bound after and shelved with: Fama fraternitatis. Danzig : A. Hünefeldt, 1615 (SPECIAL 1380-915)
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Attributed to Christian Rosencreutz (i.e. Johann Valentin Andreä); cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Imprint varies. Vol. 2: London : Printed for Henry Brome, 1663. Vol. 3: London : Printed by J.C. for R. Broom, at the signe of the Gun in Ivy-Lane, 1663
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Pagination, Book I: [128] (the 1st blank), 19 [i.e. 37], [1] (blank) p. Book II: [16] (the last blank), 169, [1] (blank) p. Book III: [8] (the last blank), 226 [i.e. 254] p. Book IV: [6], 83, [1] (blank) p. Book V: [6], 145, [1] (blank) p. Book VI: [10] (the last blank), 55, [31] p. (last leaf blank)
Topics: Medicine, Rosicrucians